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Director's Welcome
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    Director's Welcome


      Robert L. (Bob) Matteri 
      Area Director
      (Link to Official Biography)


Welcome to the Pacific West Area of the Agricultural Research Service.  ARS is USDA's principal intramural scientific research agency.  Please see our Home Page for general information about PWA. 


We have four major goals in PWA: 


1) conduct high-quality, relevant research with impact;


2) hire and retain a highly qualified, diverse workforce that strives for continual 



3) empower employees in their jobs and hold them accountable; and


4) understand and respond to internal and external customer needs. 


It is my vision that PWA be recognized for a spirit of innovation while embracing an environment of diversity, integrity, and transparency in pursuit of these goals

Mission of the Agricultural Research Service


ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to:


  •          ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products

  •          assess the nutritional needs of Americans

  •          sustain a competitive agricultural economy

  •          enhance the natural resource base and the environment, and     
             provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society 
    a whole